One of the very finest in the hobbyLate 1940's Babe Ruth Single Signed Baseball. Triple stars on the deep blue Harridge stamping of this OAL sphere date this astounding specimen to the final three years of the Babe's life, a period during which Ruth maintained his devotion to the sport and the youth that was its future as his terminal cancer progressed toward its cruel end. We typically find the finest Ruth singles derive from the sunset of Ruth's life, and the presented representation rates near the top of that supply. The sweet spot application of black fountain pen ink rates at least a 9/10 on even the strictest of scales, and most would add several decimal points to that integer. We certainly would have requested an official grade for the ball, but an all but indiscernible clear coat on the ball would factor too heavily into a PSA numerical assessment. Twice this ball has set the world record for Ruth singles, at $13,000 in 1976, and again in 2000 at $76,000. Certainly it carries all the eye appeal of the current auction record Ruth ball, sold for $388,275 in the Heritage August 2012 "Platinum Night" event.
The horsehide provides a delectable, creamy tone, and a "U.S." stamping over the standard OAL fare suggests a military-related derivation. A picture is worth a thousand words, and most of them here are synonyms of the word "spectacular." High-end Ruth singles have been the Apple stock of the past decade, and there's no reason to suspect the steep upward trend won't continue for years to come, so investors take note. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.
Guide Value or Estimate: $100,000 - up.
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